Football was unleashed in its truest colours as the night brought with it some jaw dropping game with an unimaginable result. Switzerland secured the biggest shock of the tournament yet by knocking out the giant of the game and the World Champions, France with an incredible display of passion grit determination and football. The standard of the tournament just got a notch higher as another underdog overthrows a favorite for the title , this time none other than the Mighty Les Blues. Starting from initial minutes Switzerland played by giving every last drop of energy and hunger on the pitch.
Their hard work paid of as they took an early lead on the 16th minute but soon a penalty miss and France taking the lead by 2 goals quickly seemed to end their hopes of proceeding further in the knockouts. But then football happened and the Swiss sprung back to level goals in the dying minutes of the match. The game proceeded on to the penalties and a brilliant save by Yann Sommer on the spot kick of Kylian Mbappe gave Switzerland their first Victory in knockout stages since 1938. The Swiss move on to the quarter finals where they are set to face Spain who also registered a nailbiting win earlier on the match day.
France vs Switzerland Player ratings
Here are the player ratings of the magical game in Bucharest between France and Switzerland.
France Player Ratings
Hugo Lloris- 6.1/10 The Tottenham and France Skipper had a bad day at the office conceding 3 goals, especially in the dying minutes which helped Swiss spring back on level score.
Raphael Varane- 6.3/10. Was average on the field, making fair amount of tackles and winning duel, conceded a yellow card and couldn’t keep the defense together very well
Presnel Kimpembe- 6.5/10 Again not very impressive on the defense, goals leaked as the Swiss drew even with them, converted in the penalty shootouts.
Clement Lenglet- 6.5/10 Very underwhelming performance from lenglet, couldn’t prove himself with the chance given to him by deschamps, lack of awareness led to Switzerland’s first goal against France.
Benjamin Pavard- 6.5/10 Again an average display, made some runs on the attacking half and took some shots but didnt materialize much on the important ocassion.
Paul Pobga- 8.5/10 Probably the best player on the day for France, Played like a perfect midfielder making attacking as well as defensive transitions very well, his beautiful long range goal is the highlight of the match.
Ngolo Kante- 7.8/10 Silent as well played the role assigned to him fairly well, marking players and taking care of the defensive midfield.
Adrien Rabiot- 6.5/10 Didnt turn up very well on the important day, made some runs on the left flank but nothing much significant.
Antoine Griezmann – 6.8/10 Couldn’t be the player Deschamps hoped for, Goal scoring or creating chances was his role which he failed to do, was subbed of later in the match
Karim Benzema – 8.2/10, The best player on the pitch for France after Pogba, scored two goals and played the role of a perfect striker, which was soon put to vain by the Swiss
Kylian Mbappe- 5/10 A day to forget for Kylian Mbappe, Couldn’t play close to his abilty, missed a lot of chances including the final penalty, which ended France’s title hopes once and for all.
Kingsley Coman- 6/10
Sissoko – 6.2/10
Oliver Giroud- 6.3/10
Marcus Thuram- 6.3/10
Switzerland Player Ratings
Yann Sommer- 8.0/10 Though he conceded three goals, but his tight performance keeping the ball away from goal in extra time and an important save of penalty shot from Mbappe made him the hero of the match
Manuel Akanji- 7.8/10 Played a very good role in the defense, fought till the end, scored the penalty in the shootout and helped Switzerland go through the round of 16.
Ricardo Rodriguez -6.8/10, Average performance, His penalty miss in the game, which could have sealed their place in quarters earlier helped France over turn the game in few mintues, thanks to the Swiss determination that they fought back.
Steven Zuber- 7.5/10, fairly important role in the flanks, provided an assist and some important runs in the attacking half.
Granit Xhaka- 9.0/10, Granit Xhaka was unleashed, as the Swiss skipper played the most important role in the team, making offensive and defensive transitions equally well, controlling the tempo of the game. Provided the much needed motivation to the players which help them pull off the magic.
Remo Freuler- 6.7/10 Played an average game along with Xhaka, helping him in midfield, Had an passing rate of 90%
Silvan Widmer- 6.7/10 , Tried to stick to the role given to him by his boss and played an important part in the flank
Xherdan Shaqiri- 7.3/10 Shaqiri, played a fairly good role in the attacking half, created some long ball opportunities for the team.
Breel Embolo- 7.4/10, A very hardworking player, gave his all on the pitch trying to attack and track back with the ball in an equal pace.
Haris Seferovic – 8.9/10 Seferovic undoubtedly had the best game of his life, provided two most important goals, one in the 81st minute which helped his country to proceed to the quarters.
Gavranovic- 8.0/10, Was the clutch player of the match, scored the equalising goal in the 90th minute when everyone lost their hope and helped Switzerland create a fairy tale.
Fassnacht – 6.5/10
PLAYER OF THE MATCH: GRANIT XHAKA, SWITZERLAND (9.0/10)